Monday 05 December 2022
In solidarity with the striking administrative detainees

900 captives declare one-day hunger strike in Ofer prison

More than 900 Palestinian captives, held in Ofer prison, declared on Thursday a one-day hunger strike in solidarity with the 30 administrative detainees who have been on hunger strike for the 12th day.

The 30 Palestinian captives had declared an open-ended hunger strike in protest at the Zionist regime’s administrative detention policy.


The Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said that other groups of prisoners would join the hunger strike if the Israeli occupation authority issued more administrative detention orders.


PPS added that 28 of the hunger-striking prisoners are isolated in four cells in Ofer jail, while two others are locked up in solitary confinement in the jails of Hadarim and Negev.


PPS also said that the Israeli prison service threatened to take a number of punitive measures against the hunger strikers, such as depriving them of visits and their personal belongings, transferring them frequently to other jails and isolating them.


In early January, hundreds of administrative detainees announced a complete boycott of all judicial procedures related to their administrative detention.


The administrative detainees are being held in different Israeli prisons, mostly in Negev and Ofer jails.


Last April, Amnesty International said that the boycott of Israel’s military courts by hundreds of Palestinian administrative detainees “underscores the need to end this cruel and unjust practice which helps maintain Israel’s system of apartheid against Palestinians.”


“Nearly all the 490 Palestinian administrative detainees currently being held by Israel began a collective boycott on 1 January 2022 by refusing to participate in military court procedures that lack due process and are used merely to rubber stamp arbitrary detention,” Amnesty said on its website.

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